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Singer-songwriter Jewel makes her judging debut on 'The Sing-Off' tonight on NBC

THE SING OFF -- Episode 401 -- Pictured: (l-r)  -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)
After a two year hiatus, 'The Sing-Off' is making it's television debut tonight at 9PM on NBC with a few major changes to its repertoire. Adding her name to the judges table is singer-songwriter Jewel, who's known for her sultry ballots and poetic voice. After appearing as a guest mentor on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol,' Jewel is ready for the next big step towards helping young singers find their voice. She stopped by our offices to discuss the show, her new album, and how singing competitions have raised the singing bar.

AOL: What has this experience been like for you?
Jewel: I'm excited to be a part of 'The Sing-Off' because I really believe in music. I believe in talent and mentoring talent. I was really lucky to have been mentored by Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard when I was young, and they were a sounding board for me to express myself and my music. If artists aren't looking out for other artists, then what do we have? I'd like to be able to pay that back with this show.

Jewel: The network lets us being very technical. It's really neat that the network hasn't shied away from that. We are the kind of judges I'd want as a contestant. We're really listening to what they are actually doing. Not just looking for soundbites.

AOL: Why did you decide to be a judge on 'The Sing-Off''?
Jewel: I enjoy reality singing competitions. I think they've up'd the game in terms of alerting record labels to the fact that America can discern between singers and non-singers. I think it's been a great outlet to let talent get discovered.

AOL: Each judge takes on a different role (or character), what type of judge were you?
Jewel: I'll have to see what people think. I think people tend to think i'm poetic and soft spoken, which is a part of my personality, but I moved out when I was 15-years-old and homeless at 18-years-old. You don't get through that without being a little scrappy. I'm not into whiners and victims, if you really want something, look at yourself and take responsibility. I take the contestants very seriously and I assume they want serious feedback.

AOL: What was the most challenging part of being a judge?
Jewel: Getting comfortable with eliminations and giving bad news. I'm kinda like band mom, I want everyone to win.

AOL: The show is very different this year, what should the audience expect?
Jewel: It is formatted differently, seven episodes in two weeks. We did have some structural differences, the bottom two get to battle. There are a lot of surprises in store!

AOL: Your new album, 'Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection', is out in stores, what should we expect to hear?
Jewel: I have an eclectic approach. It might sound a bit schizophrenic when I say it out loud but I have jazz, country, classic, choral pieces, middle eastern flare all in the same record. It's an elegant record, all the songs sound great back to back.

Make sure you tune in tonight at 9PM on NBC to see Jewel make her debut on 'The Sing-Off.'

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pegreads December 09 2013 at 4:04 PM

I haven't seen the new season start yet with Jewel, but thank you producers for not bringing back the air-head Nicole S. She'd open her mouth and nothing really came out without you thinking, why is she on this as a judge other than for her looks? Ben was musically qualified, experienced and erudite. Sean/Shawn (sp?) has experience at a capella singing with the group 'Boys II Men' and then there was this thud of minutes of emptiness sitting between them only cured by fast forward on the DVR.

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Denise December 18 2013 at 9:53 PM

THIS is the most honest, real, amazing singing show ON T.V. today! The judges are honest, down-to-earth and give wonderful critiques. If you are a singer, yourself, or appreciate quality singing, this show is for you. The judges are the best ones I've ever seen. No gimmicks, no bs sob stories about the singers...just real, honest-to-goodness TALENTED SINGERS. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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dawhit07 December 10 2013 at 12:52 AM

She's hot as hell!!

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pboucard50 December 09 2013 at 11:29 PM

If I had to create my perfect woman, she would be Jewel. But Ty beat me to it. Well that's life. But I can dream, can't I?

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degimar December 09 2013 at 4:34 PM

She has been a judge before on a singing competition, so not sure if they are trying to say her overall debut as a judge, as I read it, or just for this show. They are clearly wrong if they mean for all shows. She was on for at least one full season if not more before.

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dawhit07 December 10 2013 at 12:52 AM

Don't know who is hotter, her or Britney Spears!!

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The Darb December 10 2013 at 6:37 AM

Another singing show? Forget about it!

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lvnblum December 10 2013 at 7:04 AM

Shouldn't it be "after her BALLADS and sultry quotes"????

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godabarb December 10 2013 at 9:04 AM

the show sounded like a mess of folks yelling and singing

hopefully, it wont last long

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Steve-a-rino December 09 2013 at 4:29 PM

Eye candy with talent. Yum!

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